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FESTIVAL HOURS OF OPERATION

WEEKENDS & LABOR DAY ONLY
Aug. 19th, 2017 - Oct. 1st, 2017
| @10am - 7pm
Festival Friday, Sept. 29th, 2017

FESTIVAL LOCATION

12600 Dixie Hwy.
Holly, MI 48442

Michigan Renaissance History


Take a time-travel adventure into the 16th century at the annual Michigan Renaissance Festival! Join our Queen Elizabeth in a jubilee! Inside our turreted gates, visitors enjoy the sights and sounds of a 17-acre village, complete with building reproductions of Renaissance shops, taverns and a magnificent castle. Continuous entertainment takes place on the streets and on 17 themed stages; featuring full-contact armored jousting, comedy and theater shows, music, games, people-powered rides and so much more! Fabulous food and more than 300 artisans displaying their gallery-quality works complete the experience!

For years, the Michigan Renaissance Festival has provided Holly with a unique venue that regularly attracts more than 250,000 visitors from Michigan, surrounding states and Canada. When the Festival first began back in 1979 on the grounds of Columbiere in Clarkston, Michigan, the Renaissance Festival attracted 11,000 patrons during its 5 weekend event. Years later the Festival found a more permanent home where it currently stands, just 12 miles south of Flint on Dixie Highway. The duration of the Festival has also extended to 7 weekends, plus Labor Day Monday and Festival Friday. THE 2017 FESTIVAL SEASON IS OPEN FROM 10am - 7pm, WEEKENDS ONLY - AUGUST 19th - OCTOBER 1st. WE ARE OPEN LABOR DAY & FESTIVAL FRIDAY, SEPT. 29th.

The pageantry of a 16th century village is evident in the wide variety of activities. Entertainment is not only featured on seventeen stages, but in the lanes and on an interactive level with the patrons. From peasants to royalty, the people of the village of Hollygrove visit entertain guests and provide a day to remember! Highlights include the thrilling full contact joust with armored knights and horses, the intensity of the Human Combat Chess Match and the hilarity of acts like the Washing Well Wenches and Ded Bob. Music fills the air with Crannog and other talented bands. The Realm is filled with amazing artisans who offer their unique wares and often share their skills in craft demonstrations. Beautiful glassware, crafted leather, exotic jewelry and Renaissance clothing are just a few examples of the masterpieces that can be found in the marketplace. Visitors are advised to skip breakfast and save their appetite for the fresh baked goods, soup in a bread bowl, Scotch eggs, apple dumplings and of course, the famous turkey legs that are cooked over an open flame. The array of foods is overwhelming and sure to satisfy any cravings! It is truly fun for the whole family since the Renaissance Festival also offers games, human-powered rides, and a Children’s Realm that features a castle playscape as well as free activities for younger visitors.


What's New This Year!


THRONE OF SWORDS PUB
LIVE UNICORN
OBSTACLE COURSE
MERLIN'S MAGIC QUEST
BLOODY MARY BAR
NEW 30 CRAFT BEERS

2017 Themed Weekends

*THEMES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE*

Each weekend is catered towards a specialized theme. Take the time to review which weekend suites your preference. We look forward to seeing you at the festival this year! HUZZAH!


1st Three (3) Weekends • FOOD DRIVE (SAT. & SUN'S) & BLOOD DRIVE (SUNDAY'S ONLY)
Fairy House, Mural Competition & Banner Competition Voting

DOWNLOAD THE WEEKLY SCHEDULE

*PLEASE BE ADVISED, WEEKLY SCHEDULES ARE POSTED EVERY WEDNESDAY PRIOR TO THAT THEME WEEKEND*

ROYAL PET & ALE FEST
Aug. 19th & 20th
HIGHLAND FLING
Aug. 26th & 27th
HIGH SEAS ADVENTURE
Sept. 2nd, 3rd, 4th
WONDERS OF THE WORLD
Sept. 9th & 10th
SHAMROCKS & SHENANIGANS
Sept. 16th & 17th
HARVEST HUZZAH
Sept. 23rd & 24th
FESTIVAL FRIDAY
Sept. 29th
SWEET ENDINGS
Sept. 30th & Oct. 1st

BELOW YOU WILL FIND INFORMATION ABOUT EACH THEME WEEKEND

Royal Pet & Ale Fest


Pet Fest is one of our most popular events at the Festival. Pet owners and their furry companions are invited to learn more about pet nutrition, safety, clubs, fostering, and new products from our pet related vendors! While the Renaissance Festival loves all animals, only dogs that have proof of their rabies vaccination are allowed into the Festival. All dogs must be leashed and check in at the Pet Gate.
DOWNLOAD THE PET REGISTRATION FORM
Pet Vendors
AVAILABLE ALL DAY
Pet Rescues
AVAILABLE ALL DAY
1:30PM • SATURDAY & SUNDAY'S • HELD ON UPSONS DOWN STAGE
Parents, rally your crawlers! In this adorable race babies crawl to the finish line in hopes of winning an exciting prize for the whole family. Participants also receive a FREE T-Shirt!

**There is no entry form for this competition. To enter the competition,
show up at this time and location to present yourself to our judges to be entered.**
3:00PM • HELD IN ABERDARE VALLEY
**There is no entry form for this competition. To enter the competition,
show up at this time and location to present yourself to our judges to be entered.**
4:00PM • HELD IN ABERDARE VALLEY
**There is no entry form for this competition. To enter the competition,
show up at this time and location to present yourself to our judges to be entered.**
DISCOUNT VALID ALL WEEKEND

Highland Fling

ALL DAY • HELD IN THE VALLEY ABERDARE
Amateur Games take place on Saturday, Professional Games take place on Sunday! Stop by to watch the sheaf toss, hammer throw, stone put and the Fan Favorite caber toss!
1:30PM • SATURDAY & SUNDAY'S • HELD ON UPSONS DOWN STAGE
Parents, rally your crawlers! In this adorable race babies crawl to the finish line in hopes of winning an exciting prize for the whole family. Participants also receive a FREE T-Shirt!

**There is no entry form for this competition. To enter the competition,
show up at this time and location to present yourself to our judges to be entered.**
CATCH THEM THROUGHOUT THE FESTIVAL
The Flint Scottish Pipe Band has the distinction of being the oldest continuously running Pipe Band in Michigan. It was founded in 1916 by Scottish Immigrants intent on preserving their Scottish Heritage through the music and dress of their homeland. The Flint Scottish Pipe Band introduces the tradition of the Highland Band to communities through performance in parades, competitions and special events!
3:45PM • IGOR'S ROOST STAGE
Got Scottish pride and a competitive spirit? Show off those legs or cheer loud for your favorite contestant in the daily Kilt Competition. Enjoy Scottish dress as we search for the Best Kilt in the Realm!

**There is no entry form for this competition. To enter the competition,
show up at this time and location to present yourself to our judges to be entered.**
DISCOUNT VALID ALL WEEKEND

High Seas Adventure

3:00PM • HELD ON WLYDEWOOD STAGE
Patrons proud of their finely trimmed and manicured beards can enter the Beard Competition for the chance to win amazing prizes! Prizes will be awarded in the following categories:

•Longest Beard
•Grizzliest (Fullest) Beard
•Most Unique Beard
•Best Trimmed Beard

**There is no entry form for this competition. To enter the competition,
show up at this time and location to present yourself to our judges to be entered.**
1:30PM • SATURDAY & SUNDAY'S • HELD ON UPSONS DOWN STAGE
Parents, rally your crawlers! In this adorable race babies crawl to the finish line in hopes of winning an exciting prize for the whole family. Participants also receive a FREE T-Shirt!

**There is no entry form for this competition. To enter the competition,
show up at this time and location to present yourself to our judges to be entered.**
1:30PM & 2:15PM • HELD ON IGOR'S ROOST STAGE
Show us your best ink! Prizes will be awarded in the following categories:
Best Color
Best Black & Gray
Best Overall


**There is no entry form for this competition. To enter the competition,
show up at this time and location to present yourself to our judges to be entered.**
DISCOUNT IS VALID ALL WEEKEND
Biker Discount! Show your motorcycle license at the Festival Box Office and save $5 on one regularly priced adult admission!
DISCOUNT VALID ALL WEEKEND

Wonders of the World

SATURDAY & SUNDAY'S • HELD ON WLYDEWOOD STAGE

You may provide your own music, no more than 2 minutes! Copy your ONE song onto a CD, and print your name or the name of your troupe on the CD with a Sharpie. Submit music at registration table at the Festival front gate by 1:00 pm on competition date.
    DANCERS MUST
  • Wear Shoes
  • Dress Appropriately
  • Perform 2 minute Belly Dance
DOWNLOAD THE BELLY DANCE COMPETITION FORM

BELLY DANCE JUDGES CRITERION
TECHNIQUE
Hip articulation, isolations, footwork and traveling Fluidity and grace of torso and arms.
MUSICALITY
Dancer demonstrates movement, tempo and emotion that visually represents choice of music.
SKILL
Entrance and exit in character Stage presence--ability to project personality.
1:30PM • SATURDAY & SUNDAY'S • HELD ON UPSONS DOWN STAGE
Parents, rally your crawlers! In this adorable race babies crawl to the finish line in hopes of winning an exciting prize for the whole family. Participants also receive a FREE T-Shirt!

**There is no entry form for this competition. To enter the competition,
show up at this time and location to present yourself to our judges to be entered.**
1:30PM • HELD ON IGOR'S ROOST STAGE
Show off your gears and gadgets at the Festival and participate in the Steampunk Costume Contest!
**There is no entry form for this competition. To enter the competition,
show up at this time and location to present yourself to our judges to be entered.**
3:00PM • HELD ON IGOR'S ROOST STAGE
Calling all Dr. Who fanatics! Show up this weekend as your favorite character for a chance to win great prizes!
**There is no entry form for this competition. To enter the competition,
show up at this time and location to present yourself to our judges to be entered.**
5:00PM - 9:00PM • HELD IN THE BLACKSTONE CASTLE
A Steampunk Cocktail Party!
PURCHASE TICKETS TODAY!
AVAILABLE ALL WEEKEND THROUGHOUT FESTIVAL @ MARKED LOCATIONS

Shamrocks & Shenanigans

ALL DAY • HELD IN THE VALLEY ABERDARE
Amateur Games take place on Saturday, Professional Games take place on Sunday! Stop by to watch the sheaf toss, hammer throw, stone put and the Fan Favorite caber toss!
1:30PM • SATURDAY & SUNDAY'S • HELD ON UPSONS DOWN STAGE
Parents, rally your crawlers! In this adorable race babies crawl to the finish line in hopes of winning an exciting prize for the whole family. Participants also receive a FREE T-Shirt!

**There is no entry form for this competition. To enter the competition,
show up at this time and location to present yourself to our judges to be entered.**
CATCH THEM THROUGHOUT THE FESTIVAL
The Flint Scottish Pipe Band has the distinction of being the oldest continuously running Pipe Band in Michigan. It was founded in 1916 by Scottish Immigrants intent on preserving their Scottish Heritage through the music and dress of their homeland. The Flint Scottish Pipe Band introduces the tradition of the Highland Band to communities through performance in parades, competitions and special events!
3:45PM • IGOR'S ROOST STAGE
Got Scottish pride and a competitive spirit? Show off those legs or cheer loud for your favorite contestant in the daily Kilt Competition. Enjoy Scottish dress as we search for the Best Kilt in the Realm!

**There is no entry form for this competition. To enter the competition,
show up at this time and location to present yourself to our judges to be entered.**

Harvest Huzzah

BBQ Vendors available all day • Competition is Sunday • Award Ceremony @ 5pm
Come out and indulge in delicious BBQ as local Pit Masters gear up for the Annual BBQ Competition!
DOWNLOAD THE BBQ ENTRY FORM
1:30PM • SATURDAY & SUNDAY'S • HELD ON UPSONS DOWN STAGE
Parents, rally your crawlers! In this adorable race babies crawl to the finish line in hopes of winning an exciting prize for the whole family. Participants also receive a FREE T-Shirt!

**There is no entry form for this competition. To enter the competition,
show up at this time and location to present yourself to our judges to be entered.**
11:00AM • SATURDAY & SUNDAY'S • HELD IN THE FRONT PARKING LOT
Test your precision and aim during the Annual Longbow Competition. Competition is $15 and includes your ticket to the Festival!
DOWNLOAD THE ARCHERY COMPETITION FORM

Festival Friday

Festival Friday has been an annual tradition at the Festival for over thirty years. The Festival is committed to making this day a valuable educational experience and an enjoyable time for learning! Students of all ages have a chance to do more than study history in a book; Festival Friday gives them a chance to live it!

DOWNLOAD SCHOOL DAY FORM

•Students (Grades 1-6): $9.00 (Reg. $13.95)
•Students (Grades 7-12): $11.00 (Reg. $22.95)
•Adult Chaperones: $11.00 (Reg. $22.95)*

*School groups will receive one complimentary chaperone ticket for every 10 students AND complimentary admission for your bus driver(s)!
Please call our Sales Department at (248) 634-5552 for more information!
6:00PM - 10:30PM • FRIDAY, SEPT. 29TH • HELD IN THE BLACKSTONE CASTLE
PURCHASE TICKETS TODAY!
Join us for a fancy dress Masque Ball, Featuring a 6 course gourmet meal, champagne, music, dancing, door prizes and more! Enter your mask in the Masque Contest for a chance to win a romantic getaway for two! Ticket includes Festival Admission for the day. Event is 21 and up ONLY!
AVAILABLE ALL WEEKEND THROUGHOUT FESTIVAL
Grab your friends and join us for a day of shopping and wine! Your discount ticket includes festival admission, glass of wine and a coupon book with amazing discounts from select Festival Artisans! Purchase your ticket before September 8th and receive a gift bag full of additional goodies when you arrive!
PURCHASE TICKETS TODAY!

MILITARY DISCOUNT • ALL MILITARY & FIRST RESPONDERS RECEIVE FREE ADMISSION!

AVAILABLE ALL WEEKEND THROUGHOUT FESTIVAL

Sweet Endings

Chocolate Vendors Available All Weekend
Stop by The Valley of Aberdare for our fan favorite Chocolate Festival! FREE samples will be available from local chocolatiers, bakers and other sweet makers!
1:30PM • SATURDAY & SUNDAY'S • HELD ON UPSONS DOWN STAGE
Parents, rally your crawlers! In this adorable race babies crawl to the finish line in hopes of winning an exciting prize for the whole family. Participants also receive a FREE T-Shirt!

**There is no entry form for this competition. To enter the competition,
show up at this time and location to present yourself to our judges to be entered.**
1:45PM • SUNDAY • HELD ON THE UPSON DOWNS STAGE
DOWNLOAD THE ENTRY FORM
Describe to us your love story and what it means to you to have your fairytale come true for your chance to participate in the Whirlwind Wedding Wars! Competition is open to Marriages and Vow Renewals
AVAILABLE ALL DAY IN THE VALLEY OF ABERDARE
En garde! Stop by the Valley of Aberdare & cheer on the competitors in our annual Fencing Competition!

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FESTIVAL POLICIES

Dog Policy

To be eligible to bring your dog to the Fest the following terms must be met.

1. Fill out the Dog Registration Form (CLICK TO DOWNLOAD FORM)
2. Bring Proof of Rabies Vaccination with dates in one of the following forms:
  • Proof of shots from Veterinarian
  • Tag on Pet with date of expiration
  • Bring your dog to Dog Check-In prior to entry

IMPORTANT RULES

  • DOGS ONLY! No other pets will be allowed on festival grounds!
  • All Dogs must be on a leash at all times
  • Dog leashes can not exceed 4 feet
  • Owners must clean up after their dogs
  • Only one dog per owner will be allowed
  • Dog Owners must report any accidents to first aid immediately
  • All Dogs must have their festival tag visible at all times
  • No puppies under the age of 6 months allowed
ALL SERVICE ANIMALS WILL BE ADMITTED INTO THE FESTIVAL IN ACCORDANCE WITH ADA REGULATIONS.

Outside Food & Beverage Policy

The MichiganRenaissance Festival does NOT allow outside food or beverages through our gates unless the food is a medical necessity such as infant formula/baby food. (The Festival will allow one unopened bottle of water per person to be brought through the front gate.) All flasks must be empty before entering the Festival gates! You may bring a cooler to leave in your car if you wish. If you choose to do so it must remain in your car. Patrons are welcome to leave through our gates, receive a hand stamp, return to their car and reenter through our gates later during the same day. Please note: all bags are inspected at the front gate! (This is for our employee's and patron's safety!) If you have any questions, please call 248-634-5552.

Film & Photo Rights

All film rights are reserved. Commercial use of photos, videos or audio tapes made at the festival without written permission from the marketing department is strictly prohibited. Any cameras with lenses over 12 inches must have prior approval from the marketing department to shoot photos on the MichiganRenaissance Festival grounds. If you have any questions, please call 248-634-5552.

Weapons Policy

The Festival bans guns on our premises. Longbows are allowed as long as they are not strung, arrows with tips are not allowed unless you are competing in the longbow competition that day. Swords, knives, dirks and daggers must be completely sheathed and peace-tied. Axes, claymores, maces, antique firearms, pikes and halberds are NOT allowed on the Festival site. No drawing of any weapon at any time. Must be 18 years or older to carry a weapon. If you have any questions, please call 248-634-5552.

Clothing Policy

All patrons must arrive and remain fully clothed, including shirts and shoes. If you have any questions, please call 248-634-5552.

Smoking Policy

Patrons over 18 years old are permitted to smoke cigarettes in designated areas. If you have any questions, please call 248-634-5552.

Electric Wheelchair

If you need electronic wheelchair assistance, we have scooters on site at the festival box office for rent. $25 for 4 hours or $50 for the entire day. If you have any questions, please call 248-634-5552.

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